Director Dann Peterson on "A Christmas Carol"

 Lyric Arts had the opportunity to sit down with Dann Peterson, the director of the beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. LA:  Tell us a little bit about why this particular show interested you. 

DP:  Ever since I saw a production of A Christmas Carol in the early years of the Guthrie staging the show, I have been intrigued with the idea of staging the show.  I also am drawn to shows that focus on interesting characters, and A Christmas Carol has its share of fascinating characters.

LA:  For those that are unfamiliar with A Christmas Carol can you tell us about the show?  

DP:  It is the story of Scrooge who has made some bad choices in his life that have lead him to be bitter and miserly; not even the joy of Christmas can get to this hard-hearted, business-focused old man until he is shown what the future hold for him if he doesn’t change his ways.

LA:  Why do you think A Christmas Carol such a beloved Christmas show for people?

DP:  The story celebrates the real meaning of Christmas – redemption.  It shows us that we truly are a human family and what we do and believe effects others.

LA:  Being that you have directed at Lyric Arts in the past, how has A Christmas Carol been a different experience for you? 

DP:  For one, it is not a musical; that has allowed me a great deal more time to focus on character development. Knowing the stage from past experience has also allowed me to be aware of creating interesting stage pictures and movement.

LA:  What do you feel are the "wow" elements of A Christmas Carol

DP:  Even though this is not a musical, I have added more music to many of the scenes.  I think the Ghosts are a wow factor.  I also believe the set and costumes will be fabulous.  There are some other secret wow factors I don’t wish to reveal now.

LA:  Comment on the talent level in the cast.  

DP:  Once again I have been blessed to work with a cast of very talented people of all ages.  It is because of their talents that I have been able to add some wow factors.

LA:  Why should people come out and see this Christmas production? 

DP:  Come see the show to celebrate the real joy of Christmas and bring the whole family!  It will make you feel good and blessed.

LA:  Tell us what is something that you are particular excited about this show coming to together.

DP:  I am always amazed when a show comes together after weeks of rehearsal and as we add new elements how the entire experience evolves into a terrific show.  I am excited about all the elements coming together and how supportive the cast members are of each other.  I think the scenes near the end of the show will be a truly emotional experience for the audience.

LA:  Anything else you’d like to touch on that wasn’t mentioned our asked.   

DP:  It has been a great deal of fun working with Christmas music and themes even as early as late September.  I feel the Christmas spirit should prevail all year; this show has allowed me to experience an extended Christmas season.